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Prins, Teunis 1858 and Mensje 'Minnie' Wayenberg Family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 6/27/2021 at 12:10:10

Prins, Teunis 1858 and Mensje ‘Minnie’ Wayenberg Family

No written biography, per say, was found for the Teunis Prins family, but because of his contribution to the early pioneer days of Sioux Center a series of research items and notes have been gathered in the place of a biography. Submitted by Wilma J. Vande Berg.

Teunis Harms Prins was born 1858 died March 1917 the son of Harm Klasen Prins 1824-1869 and
Alida DeFrel 1823-1920

Obituary of Teunis Prins 1858-1917

Sioux Center Nieuwsblad of 21 Mar 1917 In Dutch

Attempted Translation:

We received a message from Holland, Mich., That died there on March 14, in the morning at 7:45, at the age of 58 years, 11 months and 2 days. Mr. Teunis Prins, after having been ill for quite some time. Mr. T. Prins has the closest connection with the earliest history of the foundation and construction of Sioux Center. That was before new Sioux Center still
existed and before the town was still incorporated, Mr. T. Prins, in the Old Sioux Center,
bought a store, which he bought from Mr. Henry Van Beek, and later he built one store in New Sioux Center, the first general store in Sioux Center, this is now the store of Balkema and Co. After selling this store to Hyink and Balkema in 1893. After the departure of P. Eagan who was cashier and main shareholder of the Farmers & Savings Bank, after having been out of business for some time, Mr. Prince having been out of business for some time, Mr. Prins had for some time been the cashier of what is now the First National Bank, in which involved Mr. Neal Mouw, the present banker, succeeded him. About 15 years ago Mr. Prins with his family to North Yakima. WA, and later from there to Holland Mich.

Ecclesiastically as well as socially, Mr. Prince a man of activity. We offer our condolences to the wife and children at this loss so painful for them.
Research Note: From a report on ancestry.com (by others) Teunis Harms Prins born 1858 died 1917 son of Herm Klasen Prins 1824-1869 and Alida De Frel 1823 – 1920, his wife was Mensje Minnie Wayenberg 1887-1953, children listed were Herm Prins 1888, Grace Prins 1890, Jennie Prins 1894, Teunis Prins 1895, Peter Prins 1897 and Alida Prins 1899.
Find a Grave lists Teunis Prins born 12 Apr 1859 Michigan died 14 Mar 1917 Holland Michigan buried in Pilgrim Home Cemetery. Three childern listed on Find a Grave – Jennie Prins, Peter Nicholas, and Alida Warnshuis.

From www.wiewaswie.nl
His wife Mensje Minnie Waijenberg/Wayenberg was born 1867 died 1953

BIRTH OF MENSJE WAIJENBERG to Teunes Waijenberg, a wagon maker age 37 years and Gijsje van de Brake age 41 born Jan 1, 1866 at Ermelo, Nunspeet Gelderland Netherlands

(see the BIOS of Teunes Wayenberg and Gijsije van den Brake)

RESEARCH NOTES: from ancestry.com (this research was done by others)
1. Herm Prins 1888-1973

Herman Prins born 4 Apr 1888 in Iowa died 20 Mar 1973 Holland MI

Wife – Aaltje Ella Pries 22 Oct 1889 Fillmore Allegan MI

Children – Eugene Lewis ‘Bub’ Prins born 4 Feb 1914 MI died 12 Jul 1984 Holland MI

Wife: Marjorie Van Koevering 1913-2003

Donald Earl Prins born 10 Aug 1916 Holland MI died 29 Jan 1974 Holland MI

Wife: Nina Johanna Overbeek 1918-1975

One other listed private on ancestry.com
2. Grace Prins born 1890 Sioux Conty IA-1982 She was married 18 May 1916 to Albert Waalkes

Husband – Albert H. Waalkes born Feb 1889 IL died 1932 Kent Co. MI

Chjild listed Francis Elizabeth Brewster 1923-1988 and one other child private.
3. Jennie Prins born 1 Jan 1894 Sioux Center IA-1971 died 22 Jul 1971 Holland MI
4. Teunis Wayenberg Prins born 7 Aug1895 Sioux county IA died 21 Jun1949 DesMoines IA
Wife: Harriet Baker 1897-1996

Two children:
5. Peter Nicholas Prins 8 Feb 1897Sioux Center IA – 3 Aug 1980 Holland MI

Wife: Marguweite Anna Meyer Prins married 29 Sep 1923 Holland MI
6. Alida Prins born 1899 Sioux Center IA died 1992 married 4 Sep 1922 Holland MI

Husband Henry W. Warnshuis born 1899 Grand Rapids MI died 1989 Ionia Co. MI

Two children listed as private.

DEATH of Teunis’s daughter Alida 1894
Sioux Center Nieuwsblad of Apr 11, 1894 In Dutch
Tuesday died here at the age of almost two years, a daughter of M. and Mrs. T. Prins. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at which time led by Rev. De Pree and in the presence of a large number of friends and interested parties, first in the house of death and then in the Ref. church . A funeral service was held.
Obituary lists Alida as the daughter signed by Teunis and Mina Wayenberg Prins.

From the EARLY CHURCH MEMBERSHIP records of the First Reformed church of Sioux Center, page 63, the family left First Ref. For Central Reformed church Mar 1900.

Prins, Teunis wife Wayenberg, Minnie.

Childen: Harmen Prins born 4 Apr 1888, Gysje Prins born 10 Jul 1890, Alieda Prins born 22 Apr 1892

died 3 Apr 1894, Jennie Prins born 1 Jan 1894, Teunis Wayenberg Prins born 1 Jan 1895, Peter Nicholas Prins born 8 Feb 1897 and Alida Prins born 18 Jun 1899

1860 CENSUS Overisel, Filmore, Allegan, Michigan Teunis's family

Herm Prins born abt 1824 Holland he was a farmer, his wife was Alida Prins born abt 1824 Holland, children – Klaas Prins 15, Lowena 11, Adrian 5, Peter 3, Tuenes 2, and Tryntje 2 mo. ,

1880 CENSUS of Filmore, Allegan, Michigan Herm must have passed away as listed were Alyda 56, Naantje 25, Pieter 23, Teunus 22, Tryntje 20, Cornelus 17 and Johannes 15.

1900 CENSUS of West Branch Township Sioux County IA.

Teunis Prins age 42 born Apr 1858 Michigan married 1886 to Minnie Prins born Jan 1866 Holland, Children – Harmen 12, Grace 9, Jennie 6, Lewis 4, Peter 3, Alida 11 mo.

1910 CENSUS of Holland Ottawa Michigan living at East Fortworth St.

Teunes Prins age 52, born 1858 Michigan, married to Minnie Prins 44 born 1866 Holland, Children: 9 children born to them with 6 living – Harman 22, Grace 19, Jennie 16, Teunes 14, Peter 13 and Alida 10.

EXCERPTS FROM newspapers, various town and county history books.

Siouxland a History of Sioux County by Nelson Nieuwenhuis 1883 page 157

The election for city officers took place one month later, at which time Peter Egan Jr. was elected Sioux Center’s first mayor. …..council members were – P. L. Schoep, George Spencer, U. P. Solberg, Teunis Prins, John Ellerbrowek and M. Manion.

During the eight years before the coming of the railroad to Sioux Center, the “Old Town” had two general stores, two blacksmith shops, a hardware store, a harness chop and about a half dozen other dwellings. (insert – this is when Teunis Prins bought the general store/post office of Henry Van Beek) When the depot was built in North Sioux Center, most of the business houses were moved to the new town site in order to take advantage of the railroad service. …

Story of Sioux County by Charles Dyke 1942
Page 295 “ May 23, 1889 Theunes Prins has added dry gods to his stock, and advertises that he has a full line, and that there is no use of going to Orange City, Maurice or Hull to trade.
Page 296 (lists the businesses the have located in the New Sioux Center) Theunes Prins will soon be ready to occupy his business apartments. Etc…
Page 303 March 25, 1892. …. The Sioux Center band is now fully organized. The members are: (various names ) second tenor is Teunis Prins. … the band gave an open air concert.

Sioux Center’s First 75 years 1891-1961
Page 11 (has a picture of the west side of main street in the “New Sioux Center” includes a picture of the T. Prince General Merchandise Store. (since no picture of the family has been located to date this picture will follow at the end of this BIOS.)

In the early 1880’s Henry Van Beek erected a small building on the southwest corner of Section 4, West Branch Township,a short distance east of the present Church. He opened a general store and obtained the right to operate the post office in this building. He later sold this store to Teunis Prins, who operated it until the depot came to North Sioux Center.
Page 12.. The businessmen realized that business should be near the depot. Tunis Prins was the first to move his store to the new location. A year later he sold the store, which stood on the present site of the House of Fashion (in 1961) to Joseph Hyink. Shortly after, Nick Balkema who had operated at store in Newkirk, bought a half interest in the store and became Hyink and Balkema. ….
Page 13 States the start of Sioux Center, the first mayor and lists Teunis Prins as councilmen.
Page 109 In January of 1892, the Farmers Saving Bank was organized by W. G. Bolser and M. H. Finney of Le Mars, John Vande Berg, W. F. Nieland, Teunis Prins, and Peter Egan Jr.. of Sioux Center, Arie Vander Meide of Orange City, and G. W. Pitts of Alton, Peter Egan, Jr. was appointed cashier and Harry Braithway was appointed assistant cashier. The bank was not successful and in 1892 G. W. Pitts and Mrs. Kessey from Alton assumed the management. Teunis Prins was appointed cashier. The bank was liquidated in 1894.
In June 1894, the Citizens State Bank was organized, names of person involved follow… In 1900 Jerry Kendrik became involved in financial difficulties and was dismissed. Teunis Prins was appointed to replace him.

Sioux Center News Golden Jubilee Edition 1891-1941 (History in book goes back to 1870s) The 44 page newspaper was reproduced in book form by Wilma J. Vande Berg
Page 7, Under the heading History of the 30 years Pastorate of Rev. De Pree, paragraph three - There were pleasant recollections. Among others the first man brought to Christ by his preaching. It was on the sixth Sunday he was here. His sermon was on the Prodigal Son. Tunis Prins, who died in Holland Michigan not long ago was that young man.
Page 8. Headlined ‘Coming to the Railroad in 1889 a Boom Town. Describes the same sequence of events list before.
Page 73 Heading First Mail System Started in 1871
Paragraph 3…Mr. Henry Van Beek erected a small store in the old town some distance west and north of where the first Reformed church is now located. Along with his merchandise in this store he was granted permission to handle the mails.
Paragraph 3 column 2.. Mr. I. Hoeven, our local postmaster gives these names as the proper rotation of postmasters since the time of Henry Van Beek. They are: Henry Van Beek, T. Prins, John Los, Gerrit Boeyink, D. W. Duncan, Jerry Winter, David Heusinkveld, Allen Muilenberg, and at present I. Hoeven. (1941)
Pages 96, 97,and 98 describe the coming of the railroad and the Platting of the town and the resulting Boom Town. This information reiterates the accounts of pervious excerpts.

By accessing our digital newspaper archives at www.souxcounty.advantage-preservation.con you can put in the year dates from 1877-1909 and access hundreds of news items for Prins…however, that is a popular word in the Dutch language having nothing to do with Teunis Prins so the search engine doesn’t pick up the T. in T. Prins and doesn’t distinguish the word meaning difference. It is a good source for finding the families’ where abouts and when they moved to Yakima WA 1902 and then on to Holland Michigan. There is a lot of reference to advertising of his general store. Search ‘all the words’ for Prins and Yakima between 1902-1909 there are many hits. You can type a Dutch article and then copy it to google translate for the translation. .


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